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buzzbuzz
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:25 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 11 Sep 2008 Posts: 2133 Location: Wisconsin
Hi guys....

Never screened before..... so be easy on me.

I have a straight line graphic....fairly simple. The graphic is in a .pdf form. Is there a way to "convert" this to .eps form ( .eps is the form most cutters use, right....ie Illustrator)? Can a cutter use a .pdf file.

Hope this is not too confusing......as it is to me......

Thanks,
Jim
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Reno_Rotary
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:22 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 11 May 2007 Posts: 183 Location: Reno
I don't know if there is a converter or not, and I don't know exactly how pdf information is stored, but I think you may have a hard time because illustrator is vector based instead of the pixel based of many other programs.

That is, instead of remembering all the dots of color, it has math equations for all the lines so they can be scaled without loss of quality.

Not really help, but maybe it'll lead you in a good direction.

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sheltered
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm Reply with quote
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1 - Trace it in Illustrator, Corel Draw or an old copy of Freehand

2 - Convert it in an old copy of Adobe Streamline

3 - Convert in the autotrace function of Freehand

Both the Freehand and Streamline files will need some editing. It may be frustrating to start, but leaning the pen tool in Illustrator will solve your issue.

It might be possible to crack open the .pdf with a copy of Illustrator...not sure here.
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newrepublicsteve
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:16 pm Reply with quote
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.pdf can hold vector info from illustrator
try to open it in AI and save as a .eps if that is what your cutter likes
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kirb-slider
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:49 am Reply with quote
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defstarsteve wrote:
.pdf can hold vector info from illustrator
try to open it in AI and save as a .eps if that is what your cutter likes


do that.

sounds like you said you are working with a plotter?

details?

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buzzbuzz
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:19 pm Reply with quote
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I guess what I'm really asking for is....

I have a two color graphic....
I would like to separate the colors (all hard line) to make two separate screens (one of each color).....

Was thinking I had to to some cutting (parole officer says I can't have sharp instruments) so I was going to have a machine to cut them......maybe I don't need to cut at all....?
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kirb-slider
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:38 pm Reply with quote
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no, i thing your parole officer was referring to cutting rubilith. which is an old school technique used for color separations in screen printing.

i sent you a message. check it.

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XTBUGFIEND
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:21 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Sep 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Perth, Western Australia
I use dragon cut software with a saga plotter/cutter for stencils. You scan your image, size it then hit vectorise. You can then reduce or ad colours depending on the detail you want, separate the cutting by colour and it leaves rego marks so you can line each layer up.
Hope that helps
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